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01 Dec 2006

This isn't a political blog. But, if you know me, you'll know that I'm fiercely independent; I think all issues should be judged on their own merits. So, whenever I take those online tests, I often come out a centrist. And, interestingly, whenever I take personality tests, I generally cannot be pigeonholed as either right- or left-brained. Fortunately for me, this allows me to make tons of extremely diverse friends and generally get along with anyone.

As such, it may not be surprising that, tonight, I was trolling about and wound up on the official platform page of the Libertarian Party. Here's a statement I'd like you to read: " We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."

For someone who is so undecided all the time, I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with that. Now, I'm sure there are nuances of (or, more likely, radical subsets within) this platform that'll piss me off sooner or later. But, on the surface, it seems enlightened to me. I'm not going to go rush out and sign up or anything. But, I do like that platform and am rather surprised that it apparently doesn't resonate with very many others.

Thoughts? Reactions? Am I missing a fundamental flaw here? Too utopian? Too liberal? Too conservative? Too agnostic? Just curious ...

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On December 12, 2006, Scott from Oregon wrote:

We the people establish a concensus as to what behavior we all need to adopt for the betterment of the society we the people live within. It is our Democracy at work. The Libertarian ideal thinks the collective is not as important as the individual. A selfish supposition.

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